ABVP bats for DBRAIT students, demands revocation of suspension orders

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ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
24 Apr 2018

A delegation of Adhyapak Karyakata along with the Organizing Secretary of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), A & N Islands met the Chief Secretary of A & N Administration on Monday in support of six students of Dr BR Ambedkar Institute of Technology (DBRAIT), who were rusticated for participating the demonstration conducted by students of the institute recently. Speaking to the Chief Secretary, the delegation said that around 300 students participated in the protest to press for some genuine demands in a peaceful manner. “However, the college administration targeted six students. Four of them have been rusticated for one year while two students including a girl student have been heavily fined and imposed strict restrictions on movement within the college campus. The severity of the punishment in the beginning of the semester examination for participating in a peaceful protest in a democratic manner is highly condemnable,” the delegation said demanding revocation of the suspension orders. The Chief Secretary is stated to have given a patient hearing and assurance to resolve the issue soon.
According to reports, more than 250 students participated in the demonstrations supported by ABVP recently. Though the protest was conducted in a peaceful manner, the students were subjected to unwanted harassment and torture by the college administration. Six students were targeted of which four have been rusticated on the basis of an inquest ordered on baseless grounds by the Principal of the institute. “The oppressive action on students by the management of the institute is generating huge resentment among the student community of these islands. They have been raising some of their genuine demands before the authorities for the past few months. But the management of the administration, instead of resolving their grievances, resorted to impose severe punishment on the students,” said a member of ABVP.
Speaking to EOI, an official of DBRAIT informed that a meeting of the disciplinary committee of DBRAIT was convened which decided to impose punishment on the students. Students of final year were imposed penalty of Rs 3000/- while the rest were suspended for some period. The decision is based on the recommendations of Pondicherry University and the Principal of DBRAIT is not to be blamed for the decision, the official said.